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Programme Structure

The structure of the programme is as unique as its content, with delivery being centered on two (2) components – academic and practical.
Academic Component
The academic component of the programme covers an intense NINE (9) MONTH period- August to April. This component is delivered in a modular format to enable participants, who are not part of the formal Masters programme, to enroll for particular courses/modules within the overall programme. The academic component also consists of a number of non-credit courses, which complement the academic skills that each student will acquire, including: -
  • Introduction to Economic Theory
  • Effective presentation skills
  • Report writing
  • Research methods
  • Foreign language
Students are required to complete seven (7) core courses and a choice of four (4) elective courses. Please note that electives are only offered dependent on registration numbers. A critical aspect of the academic programme is the Research Paper, which all students are required to complete under supervision and guidance from SRC staff and MITP lecturers.
INTR 6001 WTO & the International Trading  System   1
INTR 6002 International Trade Theory and Policy 1
INTR 6003 Quantitative Methods for Trade Policy Analysis 1
INTR 6005 Globalization and Global Governance 1
INTR 6006 Introduction to Public International Trade Law 1
INTR 6112 Trade in Goods – Market Access 2
INTR 6114 International Trade in Services 2
INTR 6131 Research Paper 2
ELECTIVES (four courses from the following):
Courses listed below will be offered depending on registration levels.
INTR 6007 International Negotiations and Advocacy 2
INTR 6111 Business, Government and International Economy 2
INTR 6113 Regional Integration and Development 2
INTR 6115 Electronic Commerce & The New International Economy 2
INTR 6116 Competition Law and International Trade Policy 2
INTR 6118 Contemporary Caribbean Trade Policy Issues 1
INTR 6119 Trade, Gender and Employment 2
INTR 6120 Trade & Tourism 2
INTR 6121 Trade & Intellectual Property Rights 2
Practical Component
The Practical component of the programme involves two (2) elements:-
(a)        Study Tour
(b)        Internship
The Study Tour, organized in collaboration with the Virtual Institute of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is an integral part of the programme. This experience provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to see “trade in action”. Students have access to meetings at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and UNCTAD, and attend lectures at various international organizations in Geneva, including the WIPO, ITC, ICTSD, IOM, ILO and South Centre to name a few.  In addition, students are also afforded the opportunity to interface with Ambassadors representing their country and the region’s trade policy.

The Internship component for the programme is a maximum of three (3) months in duration and students are assigned to a relevant national government department/agency, regional or International Organization or NGO.  These internships may be related to students research papers.
Internships are generally not paid assignments; however, some agencies may provide a stipend to the intern. Students, who are awarded OAS scholarships and choose to return to their home country to pursue the internship, should note that the scholarship would be discontinued once they are receiving a monthly salary from an organization. To continue receiving scholarship funds, proof of non-receipt of payment will be required. This information will be forwarded to the donor agency.